Events I will be attending
Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse
Maison des Associations, salle Mahatma Gandhi
Film « Ces brevets me rendent malade. Le sida en Afrique »
Vendredi 14 mai 2004
Suivi d’une table ronde avec :
Dr. Laura CIAFFI, Dr. expert sida, MSF Suisse
Dr. Yves SOUTEYRAND, conseiller du département VIH/sida, OMS
Mme Hubertine BAHILI, Présidente de l’Association des Femmes Africaines
AIDS IMPACT 2003
7-10 July 2003
6th International Conference
Biopsychosocial Aspects of HIV Infection
'Testing and Screening' Chairmen: K. Hankins / L. Ciaffi.
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
July 7-12 2002
XIV International Aids Conference
I've spent the last 4 years in Cameroon, where I've encountered different working
realities both in urban and rural contexts. Collaborating with various institutions
and organizations (MSF, Actions en
Brousse, German GTZ, the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Health), I've
encountered very interesting and amazing people, my partner among them.
I'm very happy and satisfied with my experience having learned a lot of things, which
I will write more about in the future. But for the moment, I'm on my way out to
my next destination : Geneva, Switzerland (What a change !)
In Geneva, I will work for MSF as Aids Advisor following the HIV projects around
the world conducted by MSF-Switzerland.
This will be a truly challenging and rewarding experience for me.
My 2 year period (2000-2002) working in Yaounde with MSF has been a fruitful
experience. And Yaounde, the capital had become my home.
Now I'm facing the next adventure down here. I love my
country, which is Italy, but I think there are many great places in the world
that are worth exploring and to know. For this reason I have chose to work and study abroad.
Barcelona, Nicaragua and West Timor have been my homes, and now I am in
I've decided to stay on here for many reasons, mostly having to do with having
become settled in the community here. The trials of having sculpted out a niche
for myself in Cameroon is too great to let go just yet. My prior
master's in Medical Anthropology has been
invaluable in my daily work, and I'm happy to say that it has enriched my
experience in many small yet great ways.
Through contact with ASA
, Milano (Associazione Solidarietà AIDS), I've collaborated in initialising
funding for a
scholarisation project through AFASO, a sieropositive women's solidariety group
Besides the HIV/AIDS clinical management experience I've gained during my
work with MSF (Doctors Without Borders), I've been also collaborating with a Buruli
project. This is a little known skin disease, mostly afflicting young people
in a limited area of Cameroon.
I believe that it's great to open a discussion with others that have my
same interests ! So thanks for the visit and enjoy !
Italian, Spanish, French, or Indonesian OK !
On July 16, 2001 Rachel Cohen, Advocacy Liaison for MSF's Access to Essential Medicines Campaign ended a talk quoting Laura from an interview she had given to Doctor's Without Borders :
I'd like to close with a quotation from an MSF doctor working in Cameroon, Dr. Laura Ciaffi:
"...Are the drugs everything? Of course not. Are AIDS patients still dying? Of
course—by the thousands. But the availability of drugs is having an impact far
beyond the relatively few people who are actually receiving them. We have to
continue to insist on the principle that medical treatment for AIDS should be
provided, even when we cannot do it for everyone and we cannot do it for everyone
tomorrow. The principle makes all the difference. Five years ago, when I was an
AIDS doctor in Italy, the first really effective antiretroviral combinations were
becoming available in Europe. I recently went back to visit my old clinic in Milan,
and I was so happy—but surprised—to meet many of my old patients. They were
supposed to have died of AIDS years ago. One day, perhaps five years from now,
I hope to come back to Cameroon to see the same thing."
Original text: MAKING IT HAPPEN:
Antiretroviral Treatment in Cameroon ALERT, Summer 2001 - Vol. 6, No. 2